Is it tacky to lay down plastic runner over new carpet?

BelfastBoundJune 13, 2014

Going on the market in 2 weeks. New carpet just installed in 500 sf bonus room. Is it tacky to put down plastic runner from stairs where you approach to master where you would exit (or vice versa)?

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greg_2010

I wouldn't. Your carpet isn't going to get wrecked by a couple of people walking on it.

As a side issue ... what is going on with those 2 steps going up to the door?!? Why is the bottom stair shorter than the top part? That just seems like a tripping hazard to me. And it looks odd.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 4:11PM
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shmooo

I think a plastic runner is fine during showings.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 5:06PM
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maddielee

I agree with shmooo, it would not bother me to see that you are protecting that brand new carpet.

If the room had furniture in it, I might think differently.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 7:52PM
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barbcollins

I didn't use plastic, but I did put down paper runners on the stairs of a split entry and in the living room and hallway.

I hoped the people viewing the house would appreciate us taking the time to protect the brand new carpet.

I am glad I did. We had a lot of showings over the month, and yes I think the carpet on the entry stairs would have gotten stained.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 9:54PM
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weedyacres

It wouldn't bother me if I was viewing a house.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 10:19AM
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lascatx

Showing the home with new carpet is the one time you can use a runner.

Too late now, but I would have fixed that shorter step before the carpet was laid. Assuming that is either attic or exterior access, the likelihood of carrying things in or out would make the uneven steps even more of an issue than other places. It could come up as an issue in your home inspection, so hang on to any carpet remnants you have.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 10:24AM
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BelfastBound

Greg and Lascatx - Yikes. Lived here 25 years with plywood on the floor and never really paid attention to that step. I agree it does look odd and I wish any of the flooring estimates I got had pointed it out. There is extra carpet for the next folks. What the heck was the builder thinking?

    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 10:22PM
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alisonn

I saw that once and thought "Good--if I decide to buy this house, people who walk through it after me won't mess up the nice new carpet."

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 11:40AM
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